Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Guest Author Karen Kostlivy

Hello, fine friends! Thank you so much for your patience with the Blogger fiasco yesterday. Very glad it's not today as I have a LOVELY guest author I'd like you to meet! Here's something I didn't really grasp until recently... Middle grade fiction... sounds like it means... you know, somewhere between literature and pulp, ne? In actuality, it is literature for the MIDDLE GRADES. Who knew!? These are the bridge between 'kids books' and YA—the 8-12 range, depending on your reader. (and I know SEVERAL of us have kids that age--I've got my own 11...)  Karen is my first Middle Grade guest... meaning guest who writes for middle grades... not that she is any less that TOP grade quality... if youknowwhatImean...

But enough of me being wacky... that is just pent up aggression directed at blogger... we have a GUEST! So on with it. Welcome Karen!


Genre: Children's Books/Adventure 
Publisher: 3L Publishing 
ISBN Number: : 0615362265

Karen Kostlivy was born and raised in Northern California. She graduated from the University of California Davis with a degree in Rhetoric and Communication. She enjoys spending time with her family and listening to her two sons Camron and Masson play guitar. After a successful career in the private and public sector, Karen decided to return to a former passion, writing and creating stories for readers of all ages. She is currently happily residing in Yuba City California with her husband Davis and son.
Mason Witt, a skateboarding American teenager, catapults himself into the greatest adventure of his life after reading the plight of a new Cyber Writer from Africa. Lutalo knew he would come so he sent Mason an urgent plea for help. His village has lost its precious Zebra of Life -- and his father has gone missing in the pursuit of the evil men who stole it. Here begins this thrilling adventure of two boys, a smart-talking panther, and an amazing zebra that sustains life.


Cyber Writers and the Zebra of Life is a book that takes middle grade students on an entertaining journey through Africa where talking animals and magic arrows help the young readers track thieves to try to save the village.   At the same time, the kids are learning the value of friendship, teamwork, trust and exercise.  They are also learning a lot about Africa.

This book is the first of a series of books that hopefully attract reluctant readers to reading.  At the same time they will be learning a lot and having fun doing it.  Each book in the series will be set in a different country and involve Cyber Writers having the adventure of their young lives.  My website: http://www. cyberwriters.net will be the hub Students and teachers can continue the adventure with  web quests and  lesson plans .  Stay tuned there is more coming.

Middle Grade Fiction— that genre  between early readers and young adult  novels (I told you!) must accomplish an often difficult task; engage reluctant or      struggling readers.  Cyber Writers, by Karen Kostlivy does just that. Teenager Mason Witt, teams up with a fellow cyber writer for an incredible adventure through the heart of Africa.  Kostlivy’s rich descriptions put the reader into the story as Mason and his friend experience the true meaning of friendship, loyalty and the strength of family.  But the best news about Cyber Writers  is that it’s the first of a series.”

  -Denise McDonald (the unforeseen blogger) 
"Karen Kostlivy spins a  a fine yarn that your son or nephew or daughter or niece are going to love…”

Timothy May, 
Professor of English


Talli Roland said...

Sounds like an interesting book - I like that she's using the theme of technology to entice readers back to books!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I love authors who consciously try to entice reluctant readers. Sounds like a great book. :)

Watery Tart said...

I love the mix of elements in here... seems like it offers a doorway for the techies to real life adventure, and a door for reading adventurers to find out what cyber stuff might hold... I think it sounds fabulous!

Karen Kostlivy said...

Hart, Thank you for having me as a guest today. Talli and Elizabeth thank you for your kind comments about Cyber Writers. The original title was "Pen Pals"...too dated for the kids theses day.

Ezmirelda said...

That's so true,we don't write letters anymore. Email is fast and free. Although I still call some of my friends from japan Pen Pals.
-E. D

Helena Soister said...

Sounds like you've got just the right mixture of techie stuff, magic, and the human touch. Good luck to your series!

Charmaine Clancy said...

The story sounds like fun, but I love the way it can be used in class too.

Karen Kostlivy said...

Thanks everyone for your great comments. Teachers and librarians love this book. "Cyber Writers" has been requested to be tested for the nation wide Accelerated Reader Program. WooHoo! Also, I will be making African mask this summer during my visits to libraries and summer reading programs. That is so cool! Thanks for the wonderful comments.

Ellie said...

Great elements for today's readers; I agree sounds like the right blend, just enough to entice! I have a middle school child; sounds like a great series for the summer~

CoffeeShopBloggers said...

I wanted to share my list of Favorite Books for Reluctant Boy Readers Grades 3-5th at http://www.pragmaticmom.com/?page_id=1899

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